Palma.—In fact, the situation appears to be so serious that yesterday, the President of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation, Juan Molas, called on central government to adopt urgent measures to help the hotel sector through this coming Easter period and what he described as a “complicated” Spring.

The biggest problem is that Easter is falling so early and winter sun seekers are in destinations such as the Canary Islands or North Africa and, for many Europeans, including the Spanish, the ski season is still in full flow.

Molas said yesterday that the results of market surveys the confederation has commissioned by the likes of PricewaterhouseCoopers have revealed that, apart from Easter falling early, the increase in airport taxes, the Iberia strike and the ongoing tendency for people to book their holidays later and later in the hope of a last minute deal have all had a negative affect on the market.